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Democratic Party, Italy

Partito Democratico

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image by M. Schmöger, 21 April 2013

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PD (Partito Democratico = Democratic Party)

The PD was founded in 2007 as a merger of mainly DS and Margherita; a couple of smaller parties were also involved (Italia di Mezzo, Alleanza Riformista, Partito Democratico Meridionale, Progetto Sardegna). The merger led to several splits: mainly ApI to the right and SD to the left. The PD is the largest party in the center-left spectrum and is usually described as social-democratic. In a historical and also symbological sense it is somewhat a continuation of the earlier Ulivo alliance. The PD-led alliance lost the 2008 elections and (more or less) won the February 2013 elections. It holds 293 seats in the Camera dei Deputati and 109 in the Senato.
The symbol is the party abbreviation in the national colours, sometimes with the full party name and an olive branch (as a reference to the earlier Ulivo alliance). The two mainly used flags are banners-of-arms: the first includes full party name and olive branch (above) [1,2,3,4,5]. The second version just uses the "PD" spread over the whole flag cloth (below) [6,7,8,9].

[1] flag no. 132 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, from PD
[6] flag no. 133 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, from PD

M. Schmöger, 21 April 2013

Variant flag

Plain PD variant

image by M. Schmöger, 21 April 2013